Nashua aldermen sworn in, and controversy soon follows
Ward aldermen are sworn in on Sunday during the city’s 107th government inauguration event at Nashua High School North. (Kimberly Houghton Photo)
Fifteen members of the the board — which includes five new faces — took the oath of office during the city’s 107th government inauguration at Nashua High School North.
Her comments were echoed by Attorney General Joseph Foster, master of ceremonies for the event. Foster reminded those in attendance that running for public office is a difficult challenge, and that Sunday’s ceremony was an ideal time to celebrate public service in all of its forms.
As the new board begins a new year, Foster offered his own words of wisdom to the governing body.
Following the ceremony, the Board of Aldermen met to officially select a new board president and discuss a controversial proposal for committee assignments. Although Alderman-at-Large David Deane was unofficially chosen as the new board president during a prior caucus meeting in December, a nomination was made on Sunday for Alderman-at-Large Lori Wilshire to possibly serve as the head of the board.
The first meeting of the aldermen drew both criticism and accusations by different board members. Alderman Ken Siegel, a newcomer for Ward 5, described the method for choosing committee assignments as a “narcissism matrix,” maintaining he has more business experience than mostly everyone on the board and should have been selected for the Planning and Economic Development Committee.
“Painting me as an evil person — it just really bothers me,” said Deane, adding he considered each board member’s different interests, seniority, leadership positions, preferences and schedules to assign the committees.
Brown also apologized, maintaining her comments were not intended to be offensive but rather an expression of her own firstname.lastname@example.org
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